Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, Key West

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Visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, with a 20 m (65 ft) lighthouse that opened in 1825. The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, took over for the next 32 years. It was quite unusual to have a female keeper at the time. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1969. Today you can explore the quarters and see the keeper's tools and personal effects, including those of Barbara Mabrity. Climb the 88 steps of the spiral staircase to the deck for a glimpse of the Fresnel lights and a view over the sea. Tours are self-guided, but a staff member is on site to answer your questions. Use our Key West trip itinerary app to visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum on your trip to Key West, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We didn't take the tour, but just walking by and taking pictures, this was an incredible piece of history to see. 
    We didn't take the tour, but just walking by and taking pictures, this was an incredible piece of history to see.  more »
  • A very interesting stop that’s certainly worth the stop. Nicely maintained Keepers House where the museum is located. Found the rooms highlighting Florida Coastal Lighthouses, especially the... 
    A very interesting stop that’s certainly worth the stop. Nicely maintained Keepers House where the museum is located. Found the rooms highlighting Florida Coastal Lighthouses, especially the...  more »
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  • A very interesting stop that’s certainly worth the stop. Nicely maintained Keepers House where the museum is located. Found the rooms highlighting Florida Coastal Lighthouses, especially the information on General Meade’s contributions to be very interesting. The economic history of Key West was also extremely well presented. The climb to the top of the lighthouse (88 steps) is not recommended for some. We encountered a couple of people who turned around and came back down after only a little bit of climbing. The spiral staircase is very tight. Two landings along the climb allow for passage, but they are the only places people can pass. Observe the ‘one way’ traffic up on the viewing walkway at the top - room is tight up there also. The views are worth the climb.
  • Such a fun experience walking up 88 steps and the circling the walkway reading placards about the history of the lighthouse. The yards were also an education was signage that explained various types of trees and vegetation. The old innkeepers house which is now a museum and gift shop was also enjoyable and educational. If you use the QR code by the front gate you can also get your tickets online at a discount. Don't forget to hit the donation box to help keep this piece of History alive.

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